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Focus on trafficking amid probes

Middlewich Guardian: Police officers stand by the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where a group of immigrants was found in a shipping container

7:37am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Almost 50 victims of human trafficking are discovered in the UK each week, Government figures have shown as police continue to investigate two separate cases of people smuggling.

Meat inspectors to strike over pay

Middlewich Guardian: Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said FSA meat inspectors workers to keep the public safe from contaminated produce

9:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Meat inspectors at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are to stage two four-hour strikes next week in a row over pay.

Galloway quizzed over Israel speech

Middlewich Guardian: George Galloway said Israelis are not welcome in Bradford, the city where he is an MP

9:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Respect MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police after making a speech in which he announced Bradford was an "Israel-free zone".

Lib Dems criticised over Rennard

Middlewich Guardian: Lord Rennard stressed that none of the claims against him had been proved

10:55am Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of failing to stick up for women after Lord Rennard had his suspension from the party lifted.

Bank split over interest rate rise

Middlewich Guardian: Two members of the Bank of England's committee voted for a 0.25% rise

10:01am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Two members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.

Stars urge more TV ethnic diversity

Middlewich Guardian: Idris Elba is among the stars who signed the letter calling for more funds to back ethnic minority programming

10:54am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Stars including Idris Elba and Lenny Henry have told TV bosses they are "dismayed" at the poor numbers of people from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the industry and demanded money be set aside to improve the situation.

Children's mental services attacked

Middlewich Guardian: A new new task force will aim to make improvements to mental health services for children

6:03am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Mental health services for children have been criticised as "stuck in the dark ages", by the care and support minister.

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